Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Diversity and Distributions
Estuaries world-wide have been modiﬁed or fragmented due to human stressors in their terrestrial and aquatic components. Estuary fragmentation often results in reductions in species richness, diversity and connectivity. Effects of human modiﬁcation on estuaries have been well studied, but less is known about how land use alters connectivity of the terrestrial–aquatic ecotone. We studied the relationship between terrestrial–aquatic connectivity and the distri- bution of an estuarine turtle, diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin).
Data collection; ecotones; estuaries; habitats; humans; land use; models; salt marshes; species diversity
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Isdell, Robert E.; Chambers, Randolph M.; Bilkovic, Donna M.; and Leu, Matthias, Effects of terrestrial–aquatic connectivity on an estuarine turtle (2015). Diversity and Distributions, 21(6), 643-653.